Darrell shares: a passion to help his students the way he was helped September 1, 2012

My interest in working in the fitness industry started in 2006.  I was involved in a car accident in 2001 that caused a crushed pelvis, collapsed lungs and a broken leg and ankles, among several other injuries.  An orthopedic doctor told me I would never walk unassisted again, but after five years on crutches, a walker and a cane, and seven hip surgeries including two total hip replacements, I began walking again, and more!  With the use of many different rehabilitation therapies, I found Pilates to be one of the most helpful to strengthen his body.  Learning to walk again, created a passion for me to help people, as I was helped.

I became a N.E.T.A. Certified Group Exercise Instructor, and I began teaching Pilates and Cycle, and then Boot Camp, Body Shaper, Bar Bell Strength, Joints in Motion and most recently, in March of 2011, I became a Water Arts Aerobics teacher.  Upon teaching this wide variety of group exercise classes I saw many people with arthritis, or who had orthopedic surgeries, or had been injured.  Many of these people were struggling to regain their health.  This led me to become an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer in June of 2010.

Darrell-Duane Wray, CPT




Teachings at YouYoga (beginning in October):

Tuesdays: Pilates on the Mat @ 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Thursdays:  Pilates on the Mat @ 7:30 – 8:30 pm

2nd and 4th Saturdays : Pilates on the Chair @ 9:30 – 10:30 am (class is current, come join us!)

2nd and 4th Saturdays: Pilates on the Mat @ 10:45 – 11:45 am


Pilates Anyone? YOUYOGA has you covered………. on the mat and on the chair March 15, 2012


Darrell-Wray sharing the Pilates Roll-Up with YOUYOGA students.

Special thanks to Darrell Wray for sharing your Pilates on the mat and on the chair with YOUYOGA’s students last week……everyone enjoyed YOU and your approach to building a strong “powerhouse”.  So….. Darrell will be joining us again next month on Thursday, April 12 @ 9:30-10:45 am for a mat class.   And Saturday, April 21 @ 9:30-10:30 am for a chair class……Can’t wait to work that core again!!

Pilates with Darrell Duane-Wray: On the Mat, and On the Chair March 3, 2012

Darrell demonstrating Pilates 100 Exercise.

Hi Everyone,

First, I am honored that Ericka has asked me to be a guest blogger and a Pilates Instructor for YOUYOGA in Overland Park, Kansas! Thank you Ericka 🙂
I would like to share a little about Pilates and some of the benefits of adding it to your Yoga practice.
Pilates is a body conditioning set of exercises that starts in the core (trunk) of the body and works outwards all the way to the finger tips and toes.
It strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides balance and flexibility and joins the mind, body and spirit into a more streamlined shape.
It was designed to be done on a mat just like Yoga, and also can be done from a chair.  As you become more in tune to your core muscles, you will begin to take the Pilates movements into all your daily activities, hopefully as you do with your Yoga practice.
I will be sharing some “Mini Pilates” sessions during some of the Yoga and Chair Yoga classes this week, and I will be around after class to answer any questions.  So wherever you are in your Yoga practice, beginner, intermediate, advanced, either on the mat or chair, I believe Pilates will add to, and go hand in hand with your Yoga practice. 

Join me for a “Mini Pilates” session during the last 10-15 minutes of the following classes:

  • Monday, March 5 @ 6:15 – 8:30 pm YOU in  flow
  • Thursday, March 8 @  9:30 – 10:45 am YOU in flow
  • Thursday, March 8 @ 11:00 – 12:00 pm Chair Yoga
  • Saturday, March 10 @  9:30 – 10:30 am Chair Yoga

I would like to end this post with a quote from Joseph Pilates the creator of the Pilates Method of Contrology:

”Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.”

Thank You and Namaste,
Darrell-Duane Wray